Director of Public Works

Chester, NS
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Venor is pleased to partner with The Municipality of Chester in their search for a Director of Public Works who will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Public Works and Engineering division. This is a professional level engineering classification where the incumbent performs assignments requiring independent judgement and discretion. They also aid the Director of Infrastructure and Operations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the overall day-to-day supervision of direct reports and perform performance evaluations for all subordinate staff, on an annual basis.
  • Ensure that occupational health and safety practices are observed and implemented within the division and that all regulations and requirements of by-laws and statutes are enforced as required.
  • Provide leadership, input, and recommendations regarding divisional procurement.
  • Maintain records for, and measures performance of the operations of the Division as directed.
  • Foster a teamwork environment within the workplace and take an active leadership role in motivating, coaching, and developing employees.
  • Responsible for professional engineering functions in the Municipality’s public works and engineering division.  
  • Plan and organize work activities of the Public Works Division staff to accomplish Department objectives, with a goal of meeting recognized standards for municipal operations.
  • Responsible for carrying out a comprehensive maintenance and capital improvements program for the Municipality’s sewer/waste plants, roads, sewer system, and water system.
  • Responsible for the management of all consultants/contracts related to engineering/public works.
  • Working with other Municipal Department Heads, plan capital projects through budgeting, coordination of consultants, and the selection and overseeing of contractors.
  • Developing, implementing, and/or interpreting policies, bylaws, acts, regulations, etc.
  • Prepare and review engineering plans and specifications.
  • Prepare, design, and oversee construction project bid proposals from the tender stage through to project completion.
  • Establish, implement, and review engineering design standards for the municipality.
  • Make decisions related to the effective and efficient operation of the division considering all legislation, regulations, policies and standard practices and guidelines.
  • Ensure that municipal assets, structures, and systems are cared for on a regular basis and undergo proper maintenance and repair to ensure proper appearance and functionality.  This would include but not be limited to municipal buildings, wharves, and trails.
  • Ensure that work site operations are conducted in a safe manner.
  • Oversee the Municipal Fleet.
  • Attend Council meetings and make presentations to Council, as required.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative and respectful relationships with staff, co-workers, and supervisors. 
  • Work with the Director of Infrastructure and Operations, and the Senior Management Team in the development, review, and implementation of capital projects across the municipality.
  • Work with the Director of Infrastructure and Operations, to prepare divisional and departmental budgets and ensure that the Division operates within the budgets established by Council.
  • Assist in developing departmental levels of service for Council approval and identifying and resolving problems for the Department as required. 
  • Working with other Municipal Department Heads, plan capital projects through budgeting, coordination of consultants, and the selection and overseeing of contractors.
  • Provide professional civil engineering consultation to the Chief Administrative Officer regarding public works, building and engineering activities.
  • Provide public relations assistance for wastewater systems in a professional courteous manner. 
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Director of Infrastructure and Operations.

As the successful candidate, you possess a university degree in Civil Engineering, including a license as a Peng and registration with Engineers Nova Scotia, paired with a minimum of 5 years of leadership experience that includes road, water, wastewater and equipment maintenance, with a minimum of 2 years in a municipal environment or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and education. Certification in Water Treatment, Water Distribution and Supply, Wastewater Collection and/or Wastewater Treatment certification would be considered an asset. 

As the ideal candidate, you have experience and the ability to prudently large complex programs, including both external vendors and a variety of internal municipal resources in a fiscally accountable fashion. You can supervise and direct a workforce of technicians and laborer’s and can write concise and complete reports. You have knowledge of Municipal By-Laws and certain provincial statutes, and progressive and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of municipal infrastructure matters such as roads, water, sanitary, stormwater management, transportation, and traffic. You are gifted with the ability to engage with and manage relations with staff at all levels across the organization, and with Council, vendor partners, community groups, neighboring municipalities, and the province. 

At Venor, we value and celebrate diversity. We welcome applications from all individuals of any race, color, religion, gender identity, orientation, national origin, or disability status.

If you are interested in stepping into a Director position, please contact Erika Hildebrand via erika@venor.ca for more details on this position with The Municipality of Chester. 

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